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Arthur covers banking and finance and the economy at BizTimes while also leading special projects as an associate editor. He spent also five years covering manufacturing at BizTimes. He previously was managing editor at The Waukesha Freeman. He is a graduate of Carroll University and did graduate coursework at Marquette. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, he is also a nationally certified gymnastics judge and enjoys golf on the weekends.

🔒 Wisconsin venture capital funding crossed $500 million in 2021

Wisconsin companies raised more than $520 million in venture capital, a 72% increase in a year when U.S.-venture backed companies nearly doubled the amount they raised to $329.9 billion, according to a new report from PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association.

🔒 Vonco acquires another Illinois company to expand capabilities

Kenosha County contract manufacturer Vonco Products LLC is expanding with the acquisition of Illinois-based Flex-Pak Packaging Products, the company announced Thursday.

🔒 Johnson Controls acquires industrial, commercial edge AI developer

Johnson Controls has acquired FogHorn, a California-based developer of edge AI software for industrial and commercial IoT applications.

New Catholic Financial Life CEO John Borgen on preparing for the...

    John Borgen took over as CEO of Milwaukee-based Catholic Financial Life at the start of the year. It was a planned transition announced...
Kate Bechen, office managing member of Dykema's new Milwaukee office.

🔒 Dykema opening Milwaukee office with attorneys from Husch Blackwell

Seven attorneys from Husch Blackwell are joining a new Milwaukee office of Dykema, a national law firm with a dozen offices around the country.

Briggs & Stratton plans to close Germantown facility by April 1

Wauwatosa-based Briggs & Stratton Corp. plans to close its Germantown distribution center by April 1 as the company stops selling portable generators, pressure washers and snow throwers to mass retail centers in North America.

Weekly Debrief: Stories we’re watching in 2022

    Lauren Anderson, Andrew Weiland and Arthur Thomas of BizTimes Media get together to discuss the stories they will be following in 2022. In...

State tax burden up in Wisconsin despite generally steady rates

Wisconsin residents saw an increase in taxes paid as a percentage of personal income in 2021 as a surge in economic activity following the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic grew collections faster than income rose, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum.

There’s risk in doing nothing: Entrepreneurship lessons from leaders of Hammes,...

This week's BizTimes MKE Podcast features part of the 2021 Innovation + Entrepreneurship Forum, including remarks from Lifetime Achievement Award winner Jon Hammes, founder...

🔒 Kohler expanding in clean energy management with acquisition

Kohler Co. is expanding its clean energy management with the acquisition of Massachusetts-based Heila Technologies.

Wisconsin cities remain among top U-Haul destinations, but Indiana sees strong...

Wisconsin’s two largest cities remained among the top 15 destinations for one-way U-Haul trips, a gauge of migration published annually by the moving truck company.

🔒 Brunswick Billiards to be acquired by Indiana sporting goods company

Illinois-based Life Fitness plans to sell its Brunswick Billiards pool table and rec room games business to Escalade Inc., a publicly-traded sporting goods company based in Indiana.

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